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Festival well under way as heavy rain approaches

The Glastonbury Festival is up and running. 175 thousand people are expected to descend on Michael Eavis's famous farm over the next three days.

As ever, one of the big talking points will be the weather and there is a threat of heavy showers over the Pilton site in the next 24 hours or so.

Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland, who has experienced many festivals, will be enjoying - and enduring - the festivities along with everyone else.



Dolly shows she's ready for Glasto with pic of ticket

Dolly Parton has showed her fans she's ready for Glastonbury festival as she tweeted a picture of her ticket.

Gates for the event opened this morning and thousands have already arrived, though the majority of acts don't start until Friday.

The country and western star will be performing on Sunday.

Glastonbury Festival factfile: 10 things you might not know

The festival is world famous Credit: PA

1 - Glastonbury is the world's biggest open air arts and music festival

2 - it began the day after Jimi Hendrix died, in 1970.

Jimi Hendrix Credit: PA

3 - The attendance was a comparatively minuscule 1,500 with a £1 entrance fee and the offer of free milk from Worthy Farm.

4 - Mick Ringham was the very first Glastonbury DJ is now an estate agent.

Around 150,000 people attend every year Credit: PA

5 - Glastonbury uses about 3000 megawatts of electricity over a single weekend which is similar to the city of Bath.

6 - The Festival site covers 900 acres in the mystical Vale of Avalon.

7 - The main stage, Pyramid, is on a ley line that connects Glastonbury to Stonehenge.

Michael Eavis started the festival and still runs it today Credit: PA

8 - According to legend, Pilton, where Worthy Farm is situated, was once visited by Jesus Christ and his great-uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, on their way to the tin and lead mines nearby.

9 - The 1998 festival saw the invention of a new sport, mud-surfing.

10 - In 2005, there was two months' rainfall in a few hours, with car parks left under water and canoes used as transport.

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